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Women's Rowing Coaching Staff
Colleen Irby
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Texas
Graduating Year: 2010
Phone: 212-854-4335
Email: ci2206@columbia.edu

Colleen Irby joined Scott Ramsey’s coaching staff in August of 2014. She joined the Lions’ program after a two-year stint at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she earned her Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Irby was a varsity assistant at Smith during the 2012-13 campaign before being named Novice Coach in 2013-14. Her prior experience also includes a stop at MIT as a volunteer assistant in 2011-12. Irby spent two summers as head coach of club programs: the Merrimack River Rowing Association of Lowell, Massachusetts and the Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association of Soldotna, Alaska. At both, she taught master rowers and juniors in a variety of sweep and sculling boats.

Irby was a four-year letter winner at the University of Texas, where she brought a diverse athletic background to the squad as a walk-on. By the end of her freshman season, she was a staple on the varsity team. Her crew led the Longhorns to back-to-back Big XII Championship victories in 2009 and 2010.  She was also a three-time Provost award winner, a three-time CRCA National-Scholar Athlete, and the Academic MVP in 2010.